As a Stanford resident, I've dined at Graze more times than a vegan can tell everyone that they're vegan. In fact, I think Graze is the reason why many walk straight over to the real estate agents in town and ask to view property in the village (true story).
Many local Graze addicts would probably not survive without their weekly 'Graze Good Life' (a chocolate croissant done French toast style, topped with bacon, whipped cream, raspberries and fresh figs), the 'Zodwa Special' or waffles with fresh berries and cream. I've even named its devout followers, 'Grazies' - some of whom have STANDING BOOKINGS at Graze every Friday night! It's just foodgasm after foodgasm at Graze.
Owner and Chef, Tabby Robertshaw lives on a farm with her family just outside of the village of Stanford and that's where much of Graze's ingredients are grown and farmed. Other scrumptious goodies, such as eggs, boutique dairy products, meat, flowers and other vegetables are supplied by local farmers, keeping to the Graze ethos of locally-sourced products. Tabby has even created dishes with foraged 'chicken of the woods' and porcini mushrooms lately, which were totally lip-smacking.
Friday evenings are the only nights when one can enjoy dinner at Graze, with the same menu available for Saturday lunch, after the rush of breakfast. Tabby constantly blows me away with her selection of fresh and different dishes every week, inspired by the availability of seasonal ingredients which she has often plucked straight from the ground hours before it has transformed into the beauty on your plate. I've often watched diners as they close their eyes with the first bite, like it's cast some kind of wonderful spell on them, finally realising that Tabby has that kind of magic that I've read about in books such as 'Like Water for Chocolate'. Think perfectly prepared salmon in a tom yum sauce; melt-in-your-mouth duck that will have you enraptured; lamb curry so subtle and flavourful it'll make you close your eyes with every mouthful and salted caramel chocolate torte that will bring tears to your eyes. She's Stanford's very own 'Babette' and boy does she lay out a feast. Thank you for existing, Tabby and Graze.
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